Watch out United States, China is coming after another record of yours! But don’t worry too much, it’s the record that denotes that they can’t run very fast and hate stairs. A new study by Jiao Tong Univeristy has reported that over the last decade childhood obesity in China has increased by 24.4 percent, mostly with city children in lower/middle class income families.
Currently the percentage of children overweight in China is 13.3 percent, with 6.5 % more children being obese. To give you an idea of what that means, in 2006 ,Mississippi (America’s fattest state), had a childhood obesity percentage of 17.8%. Jiayou China, you can do it!
Global times reports that “Surveyors weighed 6,174 boys and 5,665 girls at 36 primary schools in Luwan, Huangpu, Yangpu and Baoshan districts and found obesity highest among boys in downtown areas of lesser-educated parents.”
When interviewed, Cai Meiqin from the nutrition department of Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s School of Medicine，proclaimed that “Over-nutrition and lack of exercise are the causes…Children sit down and do homework when they get home and watch television immediately after finishing supper…Soft drinks are another factor, as more than half of obese children consumed sugary drinks more than three times a week. “
China, who’s childhood obesity percentages are beginning to rival western countries percentages are starting to understand what progress really means. A country that was once famine stricken now has to fight obesity. Oh the irony.
By Patrick Keefe